While the news of surface-to-air missile defense systems has been plentiful in recent weeks, another defense system is about to be tested by the U.S., and it’s out of this world.
One of the many facets of Donald Trump’s plan to make America great again was to spur technological achievement in cutting edge fields. The motivation was simple: When Americans dream big, they go big. The President has always known this, being one of America’s biggest names in business, but applying this concept to the nation’s technology sector is proving to be downright astounding.
In addition to reinstalling one of NASA’s most promising programs, the President is now going to oversee a hair-raising test by the space agency, in which the world could learn how best to avoid the doomsday scenario of a large asteroid striking Earth, possibly creating a mass extinction-type event.
“On Friday, the space agency announced plans to redirect the course of a small asteroid approaching Earth, as part of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), according to a NASA press release.
“The release notes that asteroids hit Earth nearly every day, but most are small enough to burn up in the atmosphere.
“But the DART project — a joint effort between NASA and the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland — is for the asteroids that are too big to break up — those that could have severe consequences for the Earth if they hit.
“‘DART would be NASA’s first mission to demonstrate what’s known as the kinetic impactor technique — striking the asteroid to shift its orbit — to defend against a potential future asteroid impact,’ said Lindley Johnson, NASA’s planetary defense officer in Washington, in the press release.
“‘This approval step advances the project toward an historic test with a non-threatening small asteroid.'”
This space age tech is something straight out of Hollywood, but given the Trump administration’s obsession with the advancement of NASA, it comes as no surprise.
Even somewhat liberal scientists, such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson, have made an incredibly compelling case for the revitalization of NASA in our modern era. Citing the advancements in total civilization during the Soviet-American space race of the 50’s and 60’s, a great many historians can point to a number of domestic advancements caused by collateral science during these times. With Trump looking to push things even further, we could soon be making the planet great again.